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Sir Francis Drake
Birth: 1540
West Devon Borough
Devon, England
Death: Jan. 28, 1596
Colón, Panama

Elizabethan seaman, born at Crowndale Farm, near Tavistock, Devon, SW England, UK. In 1567 he commanded the Judith in his kinsman John Hawkyns's ill-fated expedition to the West Indies, and returned there several times to recover the losses sustained from the Spaniards, his exploits gaining him great popularity in England. In 1577 he set out with five ships for the Pacific, through the Straits of Magellan, but after his fleet was battered by storm and fire, he alone continued in the Golden Hind. He then struck out across the Pacific, reached the Pelew Is, and returned to England via the Cape of Good Hope in 1580. The following year, the queen visited his ship and knighted him. In 1585 he sailed with 25 ships against the Spanish Indies, bringing home tobacco, potatoes, and the dispirited Virginian colonists. In the battle against the Spanish Armada, which raged for a week in the Channel (1588), his seamanship and courage brought him further distinction. In 1595 he sailed again to the West Indies, but died of dysentery off Porto Bello. He was buried in a lead coffin in the waters off Nombres de Dios. (bio by: Erik Lander) 
Family links: 
  Edmund Drake (1518 - 1566)
  Mary Newman Drake (____ - 1583)*
  John Drake (____ - 1572)*
  Thomas Drake (____ - 1606)*
  Edward Drake*
  Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)
*Calculated relationship
Body lost at sea
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Originally Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Apr 21, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8662254
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